Pickett County Football season-ending banquets
Submitted by: Stacey Benner
Six Pickett County High School Football players along with their parents and coaches attended the District 7A Honors banquet on December 5th in Cookeville.
The players were honored for their sportsmanship, perseverance, improvement in playing ability, and their leadership on and off the field.
The following awards were given to PCHS players: Mathew Benner - All District 7A team, David Beaty - All District 7A team, and Cody Coffman - Coaches Award. All received plaques to commemorate their achievement. Samantha Harden, Aaron Reagan and Cody Sherrill all received Honorable Mention in district 7A.
This was indeed an honor to have six players chosen to receive district awards and honorable mentions as the other teams did not have as many players recognized for their achievements. This also represents almost half of the PCHS football team which shows just how fortunate Pickett County is to have these young men and young lady represent the county and school. This is a great testament to the players of the PCHS football team who were unwilling to quit from week to week as they faced the odds from playing larger class teams and had larger numbers to play the game. This also shows that the coaches instilled in the players a good work ethic that included fair play, hard work, teamwork and good sportsmanship. Congratulations to the six players as well as the remaining players for a job well done.
Pickett County High School Football team along with the coaches, parents, football boosters and representatives of the school enjoyed good food and comradery during the football banquet for the PCHS football team on Dec. 11th. All of the football players were recognized for their achievements on and off of the field. The coaches were recognized for their dedication to the sport. Awards were given for statistical achievements on the field as well as honors voted on by the players and coaches.
The following awards were given and several players tied one another in their achievements:
Mathew Benner – Team MVP, Most Sacks, Most Interceptions, Most Touchdowns, Points Award, Team Award and Senior Football
Adam Beaty – Team Award and Senior Football
David Beaty – Team MVP, Offensive MVP, Most Rushing Yards, Most Tackles, Points Award, and Team Award
Samantha Harden – Highest GPA for a football player, Most Points Award, Points Award and Team Award
Jonathon Conner – Most Improved Player Award and Team Award
Robert Kempton – Most Yards per Carry Award, Most Sacks, Most Touchdowns, Most Improved Award and Team Award
Jacob Wright – Most Versatile Player and Team Award
Cody Coffman – Coaches Award and Team Award
Ty Stockton – Team Award
Aaron Reagan – Rookie of the Year Award, Points Award, Team Award
Cody Sherrill – Defensive MVP, Best Lineman Award, Toughest Player Award, Most Sacks, Points Award, Team Award
Maverick Melton – Most Sacks and Team Award
Jeremy White – Special Teams MVP, Leading Receiver Award, and Team Award
James Saenz – Most Improved Award, Team Award
Dominic Moles – Team Award
As the team loses two seniors they will also be losing a Coach. Coach Matt Walker has decided to step down to the dismay of the team and many of the parents who supported the football program. Coach Walker received a plaque for his hard work and dedication to football for the last four years. He will be greatly missed.
Senior Mathew Benner along with his family presented the coaches with photographs from the season in appreciation for all of their hard work, hours of service to the team and dedication to football and the PCHS football program.
The community needs to recognize the outstanding group of young individuals that comprise the football team and the courage that they exhibited each week as they took the field to play a game that they enjoyed and loved. The community needs to remember that it takes a lot of hard work to come together as a team to play a game and it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose but how you played the game.
The following quote from Evel Knievel, “I think it’s better to risk my life and to be a has-been than to never have been at all. Even though crippled and busted in half, it’s better to have taken a chance to win a victory or suffer a defeat than to live like others do who will never know victory or defeat because they haven’t had the guts to try either,” is a good example of what the PCHS players and coaches exhibited throughout their season and is a pointed reminder to all that you have to take a chance in order to grow and become better individuals. The community needs to continue to support the football program as it assists young players grow into future leaders.